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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is arguably the hottest martial art right now, with it’s growth outpacing all others. This is for good reason; it’s popular in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, is a highly effective self-defense system, and dynamic sport.

As expected, Korea has taken to the sport and it continues it’s upward trend of growth to this day.

Here in Busan it’s no exception. With the likes of Kim Dong-Hyun leading the MMA charge in the UFC, the sport is exploding.

I’ve trained in BJJ at American Top Team, Gracie Barra, and of course Busan Team MAD! As with judo (and any martial art for that matter) the camaraderie is awesome and I’ve made new, life-long friends in BJJ.

I decided paying homage to the sport here in Korea was only fitting since it’s right here at my fingertips.

I hope you enjoy this montage. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you’re in Busan, or plan on visiting, and want to work out with one of the teams in my video, their websites are listed below:

East Heaven White Mountain BJJ
BJJ Lab
Busan Team MAD

The post Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea: Art of the Morning Calm appeared first on The Red Dragon Diaries.


Korean Judo Master Interview

I simply cannot believe the response to the video I posted of my judo instructor.  Off a whim I asked him to show some of his physical abilities through the exercises he uses in his own personal training regimen.  So he did and I filmed.  I left the videos on my camera for over a month before I got around to putting a video together.  I figured it would be just another judo workout video to most.  Let's just say I was wrong.

With the likes of WWE superstar/pro MMA fighter, Bobby Lashley, and fitness guru Ross Enamait tweeting the video, it just went crazy.  See it for yourself here.

It's a Jiu-Jitsu Thing...

My neck is killing me because someone was trying to remove my head tonight.  My ear is swollen and sore because I forgot to wear my ear guards.  I must've left 5 lbs on the mat.  I have pinch marks and bruises all over me.  I can't wait to go back to do it again!

It's a jiu-jitsu thing...


Pictures of Team MAD MMA Practice

I am now training at Team MAD Busan - an MMA academy.  Interesting that it turns out some top notch pro fighters like Kim Dong-Hyun of the UFC but is not very well marketed.  It may just be that it isn't marketed to the international crowd yet, but there is very little on the internet about where they are and how to find them if you are a foreigner.



Reflecting on My First Year in Korea

This past Friday (7/20/12) was the last day of the Spring semester.  Also the last class of my first year's contract.  It amazes me how quickly this year has gone by.  Being that it was my first year and everything was new, I can understand it seeming like it flew by.  Nonetheless, it's over now and I can't believe it.  The year has been a bit of everything for me.  Ups, downs, excitement, boredom.  I've learned so much about being a teacher and how to do my job more effectively.  Getting to know the students and what works best with them was (and will continue to be) a great learning experience.  I'm looking forward to doing it again as I renewed my contract at my school in Busan.

Training at Team M.A.D. MMA in Busan

Improving Relationships at Your School

I'm closing out my first year teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea.  I've been really blessed to have a great group of people to work with at my school.  However, not all teachers can say the same thing.  Many foreign teachers struggle with their relationships with staff and students and there are many reasons why this could be happening.


o  There could just be bad chemistry between the foreign teacher and others. 
o  Some co-workers may be having an off day or week.
o  They may not "fit in" with the school's social culture.
o  The foreign teacher may be horrible to work with.


In any case, I can safely say that there is one way to help improve on your relationships at your school, whether it be in South Korea, China, Colombia, or the Middle East.

This video has my tip.

Renewing EPIK Contract to Teach Another Year

It's hard to believe that's it's been close to 10 months now teaching English in South Korea.  The time has literally flown by and I don't know where it went.  It's been an incredible time of learning, reflecting and great experiences.  Not to mention new friends that will last a lifetime.  Because of all the free time I have, I've been able to do things, see new places, and experience things not available back home.  The longer I stay though, the more it seems I want to do but the time is quickly fleeting.  That's why I decided to stay at least another year.

In this short video clip from my Youtube channel, I describe the things you will need should you choose to renew your contract as well as the benefits of staying.  If you haven't yet come to Korea - you're missing out and I hope to see you here.  If you're staying, great move.  Here's to another great year!

Teaching English in Korea from 2 Veterans of the Game


Today is Korean Memorial Day so me and some friends decided to hit the beach and have a relaxing day. Both guys are ESL teachers and have been at this for a LONG time. I always like talking to people like these guys about teaching because there's no end to the amount of information and perspective I can get from them.
Dominic actually runs his own website for everything surrounding teaching in Korea from documentation, visas, jobs and freelance writing. Check it out: http://domscafe.com/

Alien Bees and Deadly Force in Korea


For those of you thinking teaching English in Korea will be a sane and organized experience all the time should watch this video. My morning math class quickly took a turn for the worse on this particular day...
In case you're wondering...it was just a toy!

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